Chief Executive and Mayor praise prompt response of fire crews and council staff following blaze at depot in Ballymena


A council chief and mayor have praised fire crews and council staff for their prompt response to a blaze at a council depot in Ballymena.

Flames had already swept through a road sweeper lorry and a van was also damaged.

A gaping hole was also left in a roof at the depot in the Pennybridge Industrial Estate.

It is believed the fire began around 10 o’clock on Thursday night and it is understand four Fire Service appliances were on the scene.

The efforts of firefighters and staff are being credited for preventing more severe damage.

Clearing up was under way on Friday morning and early unofficial estimates put the cost of the damage at at least £100,000.

The cause of the fire had yet to be officially confirmed on Friday morning but it is believed it was accidental.

Anne Donaghy, the Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, in a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’ said: “I want to pay tribute to our fantastic staff following last night’s fire at our Pennybridge Depot in Ballymena.

“Thanks to the quick actions of our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire Service, the incident was brought under control and contained.

“Our staff were at the scene throughout the early hours, ensuring all actions were taken to prevent disruption to services. They are back out this morning, delivering services throughout our Borough. Thank you again to all involved for their hard work and commitment.”

The Mayor, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “Thank you to our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service whose swift response contained a fire at Council’s Pennybridge Depot last night.

“Their quick actions, and those of our staff, ensured no disruption to services throughout the Borough today.

“Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing.”


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